Before being disclosed to the public, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will get to see first the report submitted to President Duterte on the review of more than 5,000 operations against illegal drugs that have resulted to fatalities, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Friday, Jan. 29.
“We will furnish the PNP a copy next week,” said Guevarra who assured that the report will be made public.
During the 44th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last June 30, Guevarra reported that the Philippines formed an inter-agency panel led by the DOJ which has been conducting “a judicious review of the 5,655 anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred.”
The panel already submitted to the President this month the initial report.
“We will give them (PNP) a few days to go over it,” the secretary said.
“The report will not be edited as it has already been submitted to the President much earlier,” he added.
Guevarra revealed the decision to make the report public was made during his meeting with member agencies of the panel on Friday, Jan. 29.
“We all agreed that the findings, though partial and confined to certain pilot areas, should be disclosed,” the secretary said.
“The PNP, however, requested to be given a copy of the initial report submitted to the President, so that it may be given the opportunity to comment,” he added.